You have the Dutch nationality and are registered at the Civil Registry Department, you may now apply for your Dutch passport.
What does this entail?
A Dutch passport is a document, issued by a the Dutch kingdom government, which certifies the identity and nationality of its holder for the purpose of international travel. The elements of identity contained in all standardized biometric passports include information about the holder, including name, date of birth, gender and place of birth, the validity of document.
How long is a passport valid?
As of march 9th 2014, the passports are valid for 10 (ten) years for persons 18 years and older! Those persons who are 17 years and younger the passport is valid for 5 years. Noticed that some countries have special rules for the validity.
When is my passport no longer valid?
- The validity of your passport expires at maturity. This is the date in your passport.
- Your passport is damage (burnt, unreadable)
- Your passport is altered
- There is no resemblance with the passport picture and the holder of the passport
How does it work?
A passport does not entitle the passport holder entry into another country, nor to consular protection while abroad nor any other privileges. It does, however, entitle the passport holder to return to the country that issued the passport. Rights to consular protection arise from international treaties. The bearer's right to return to the passport's country of issue depends on the laws of the issuing country.
A passport does not represent the right or the place of residence of the passport holder in the country that issued the passport.
Where can I apply for a passport?
This can be done at the Civil Registry Department only when you are registered in the population registry of Sint Maarten. If you are not registered and have the Dutch nationality, you may apply for a passport at the Cabinet of the Governor located at Falcon Drive 3, Harbour View, Philipsburg, Sint MaartenWebsite Cabinet of the Governor
What are the conditions?
- You must be a Dutch Citizen
- Present a recent passport picture; Strict rules apply to passport photos. For example, the photo needs to be in color and has to be taken straight from the front.
- The old passport;
- Children under 18 must have parental consent;
- Foreign passport;
- The Kingdom decree ;
- Legalized translated birth certificates;
- Fingerprint will be taken;
The Civil Registry department will verify your Dutch Nationality and all of your documents.
What is the cost?
Naf 150 for persons between the age of 0 t/m 17
Naf 210 for persons between the age of 18+
Naf 220 for business passports
Please note: These fees must be paid up front when you submit your application.
How long does it take?
- The department is mandated by law to make a decision within 4 weeks on your entitlement to the passport. Please do not wait until your passport has expired to renew your passport
- Passport must be retrieved within three (3) months of the application date. This must be done in person at the Civil Registry Department.
- After the 3 month period has passed, the department is required by law to shred the passport. A new application will then have to be requested.
How do I apply? Do I need to be present?
- You must be present to apply for your passport.
- You may make an appointment beforehand by calling (+1721) 5422457 sending an email to email@example.com or coming in person to the Civil Registry Department.